Disability Awareness Month events begin March 15

Author: Shannon Chapla

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The University of Notre Dame will observe Disability Awareness Month (formerly Disability Awareness Week) March 15 to March 30 with a host of events on campus, highlighted by a performance by Sujeet Desai, an accomplished musician who was born with Down Syndrome.

A graduate of theBerkshireMusicAcademy, Desai plays six instruments, has a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, has won gold and silver medals for swimming in the Special Olympics World Games, and is the recipient of five international awards for his achievements.He will play the piano, clarinet and violin at7 p.m.Tuesday (March 15) in Washington Hall.Admission is free.

Other events include:

p. • March 19 A Best Buddies Friendship Games carnival will be held fromnoonto2 p.m.at the Logan Center Gym at1235 N. Eddy St.inSouth Bend.

• March 21 Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis will speak about the value of people with disabilities at9 p.m.in 102 DeBartolo Hall.Admission is free.

• March 29 A discussion will be held for Notre Dame and Saint Marys College students with disabilities at8 p.m.in Legends restaurant.

• March 30 David Solomon, associate professor of philosophy and director of Notre Dames Center for Ethics and Culture, will lead aTheology on Tapdiscussion on legal mercy killings of people with disabilities at10 p.m.in Legends.The event is sponsored by Campus Ministry.

Disability Awareness Month is sponsored by the Best Buddies Club of Notre Dame and Saint Marys College, Center for Social Concerns, Special Friends Club, SuperSibs, Office for Students with Disabilities, Senior Class Council, Edna K. Miller Foundation and theLoganCenter.

Additional information is available at www.nd.edu/~bbuddies/da.html .

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